Ethiopian Explorer Northbound Itinerary

Travel to Africa and tour Kenya and Ethiopia on a trip from Nairobi to Gonder. Visit the Samburu Reserve, the remote Omo Valley, the Simien Mountains and historic Gonder.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Ethiopian Explorer Northbound.
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Hippo and flamingos, Lake Nakuru

Cheetah family, Kenya

Pelicans, Lake Naivasha

Rhino, Kenya

Zebras, Kenya

Day 1 Nairobi

Travel to Kenya and start the adventure in the busy streets of Nairobi.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Lake Naivasha

Relax beside Lake Naivasha and watch hippos wallowing on the shore.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 3-4 Lake Nakuru

A favourite spot with birdlife, Lake Nakuru is a shimmering sea of pink flamingos. Listen for the chatter of black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops above.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 5 Mt Kenya

Travel through stunning scenery on the way to the slopes of Mt Kenya.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 6-7 Samburu National Reserve

Witness traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about tribal life and customs from the locals. Venture into this vast reserve to try and spot Africa's iconic Big Five.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 8-9 Marsabit/Moyale

Traverse a surreal, black lunar landscape and pass spectacular craters and termite mounds on the drive to Ethiopia.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 10 Konso

Pick up a souvenir at the local market or perhaps take time to admire the traditional houses in the area.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 11-13 Omo Valley

The colourful markets and villages are a delight to explore in Ethiopia's picturesque Omo Valley. Meet friendly tribespeople and learn about their fascinating culture.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Days 14-15 Arba Minch

In free time, why not cycle around scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 16-17 Wondo Genet/Awassa

Recuperate travel-weary bodies in the hot springs of Wondo Genet, encased in a beautiful panorama with a rich endowment of forest, wildlife and abundant water. Head to Awassa the following day, a city nestled on the shores of a great lake, and home to the Awassa Children's Project, which promotes HIV prevention.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 18-20 Bale Mountain National Park

Venture out on game-spotting expeditions in this stunningly diverse park.
ACCOM: Lodge - 3

Days 21-22 Lake Abiata-Shala National Park

The natural habitat of the Lake Abiata-Shala National Park is an ornothological paradies with an astounding array of birdlife year-round.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 23-25 Addis Ababa

Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 26 Dejen

Visit the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Dejen.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 27-29 Bahir Dar

Board a reed boat bound for the ornately decorated monasteries on Lake Tana's isolated islands and peninsulas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 30-32 Lalibela

Hidden among the hills of northern Ethiopia, Lalibela is home to monolithic churches hewn from the surrounding rocks. Take a walk through the structures with a local guide to unlock the fascinating history of this area.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 33 Bush Camp

Journey through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and camp beneath the stars.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 34 Mekele

Admire the clusters of churches sculpted into caves and a dramatic cliff-face in Tigray.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 35-36 Aksum

Get acquainted with the once-mighty city of Aksum, and discover its towering ancient obelisks, crumbling palaces and web of underground tombs.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 37 Enda Selassie

Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to one of the country's greatest natural habitats.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 38 Debark

Get ready and rested for a three day trek through the remote landscape of Ethiopia's Simien Mountains.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 39-41 Simien Mountains National Park

Home to an abundance of endemic animal species, the deep gullies and craggy peaks of the Simiens are a highlight for hikers and nature buffs alike.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 42-44 Gonder

Discover the castles, churches and palaces of Gonder, often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot' - a fitting end this epic Ethiopian adventure.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2